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Removing riding mower blades

Removing the blades is not that easy on my rider.
I am lucky enough to have a 500 lb. chain hoist and a big maple tree in the yard, and can lift the front end enough to get under the deck. But i think those blade bolts tighten up when u mow for some reason.
Have tried several things over the years to hold the blades from turning when breaking those bass todds loose. Blocks of wood, vise grips, and so on, but still end up sometimes with cuts and abrsions. Becuase i can't get the ol impact wrench out to where the tree is, here's what's worked pretty good lately. Come in from the grass discharge opening with a 3" 4 ft. pc. of PVC pipe, i think sch 40, and slip it over the blade on that side. Take the socket on about a 14-18" breakover, turn till things bind and stop, then tap the breakover handle with a hammer to break loose the bolt or nut. Go to the other side and do the same. That's why the pipe is 4 ft. long.
Always wear gloves when putting the sharp blades back on, if u slip off the bolt, big cuts can accure.

good luck out there


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Were on a 1999 Chevy S-10 2.2 4cyl Engine do you put the BOLTS that connect to the Chain during your Hoist of Engine.. Hoist Chain To What Parts of Engine 2 Bolts or 4 bolts?

Ian, you may have to pick your self up a couple engine lift brackets. Visit a auto wrecking yard and pick up a couple and while your there ask them for best place to bolt them to 2.2, they lift them all the time.
Check the attached links,instruction and guides, Good luck
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Jul 16, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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can i possibly pull a 3.4 out the top from a 2001 olds sillouette van, i pulled one from a 2003 dodge caravan, it was tough but it worked. can it also be done in the olds. i dont have a hoist or accsess to one.

Its going be tough to pull out anything other than a small 4 cylinder without a hoist. You could use a comealong. Its like a small hoist, has a chain and a lever you can use to lift the engine. It has a hook on it to allow you to attach it to something.

But to be able to use it you need to put the car underneath something that is sturdy enough to support the weight of the engine, like a large limb on a tree or a metal frame of a garage or something like that.
And you will need a sturdy chain. The bigger the better. Attach the chain to your engine lift hooks.
Get some grade 8 screws,nuts and washers from home depot. Get the largest diameter screws that will fit through the links of the chain. Make a loop on each end of the chain by putting the screws through links and tightening the nuts on the screws. Put the loops you made on the engine lift hooks. Attach the come along to the tree or whatever you can find thats sturdy enough to support the weight of the engine with another chain. Then lift the engine out.

you will have to detach the ac compressor and power steering pump and tie them out of the way with pieces of wire. That way you wont have to discharge the ac system or drain the power steering fluid. Remove coolant hoses and fuel lines. And remove the half shafts for front wheel drive. Then detach the motor mounts/transmission mounts. Of course, theres a lot of other stuff you need to detach, but im sure you know that already.

You can rent engine hoists for like $35 a day from a Taylor Rental or other equipment rental
company. Rent it one day and take it back and rent it another day when you are ready to
put the engine or another engine back in.

Sep 14, 2011 | 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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My 2995 trailblazer with 72k miles died going down the road and won't start.

Fuel Pump is probably gone. 72K miles - yep, right on time. Easist way to fix is to take the bed off (should only be eight bolts) loosen the bolts, disconnect the filler hose from the bed (2 screws by the gas cap). On my Silverado, I ran two straps across the bed and used a 4 wheeler winch and pully to lift up the bed (between 2 trees with a chain attached) you can try this, find a buddy with an ebgine hoist, or 5-6 buddies to help lift it off. Don't forget to disconnect the Neg battery terminal before removing the fuel pump.

Jan 24, 2011 | 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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after sharppening saw, as you cut the tree, it binds,and seems not to cut the saw line wide enough for the blade to pass thru the tree,chain turns good,

Thank you for the reply.
Rakers low;
If the rakers are to low it may be trying to take to large a bite. I think this one.
If rakers high:
Remove the chain saw and drag a hand saw through the cut to remove anything loose and retry. Any better? I could be wrong but do not think raker to high.
How big are the chips? Look at how thick compare to chips prior to sharpening.
as a last resort;
Please try a different chain and let me know if that is problem.
I am going to close this but PROMISE I will stay with you.
I need to know what the cause is.

Jan 19, 2010 | Husqvarna Chain Saw 20" Bar

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